Ferguson is still everywhere if you’re Black

It’s been 288 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Stand for righteousness, against the Confederate flag

The Confederate battle flag flies over the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol no more. The end-result of an emotional debate in the state’s Legislature was Gov. Nikki Haley signing bipartisan legislation on July 9 ordering the flag’s removal ...

Tear down the walls of economic inequality

After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for ...

What do we do after Charleston?

“For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can ...

Confederate traitors do not deserve to be honored by America

Can you imagine waving a flag that honors Benedict Arnold, a name synonymous with treason?

What part of history needs to be preserved?

Texas made national headlines, ironically on of all days – June 19 – when the United States Supreme Court upheld the unanimous 2011 vote of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to deny an application by the Texas Division

Fair housing protected, voting rights still miles to go

Nearly 50 years ago, just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

An action plan for when ‘They don’t care about us’

I am sick of hearing about how the media is misrepresenting our community and not fairly reporting issues. Have you lost your mind? Why are you depending on them to tailor messages that are palatable to your liking? What type ...

Empowerment vs. symbolism: Blacks are today’s putty people

Incidents over just the past two months have taken Black folks on the psychological ride of our lives. The White woman in Spokane, Washington, who passed as Black caught and held our attention; then there was the McKinney, Texas, pool ...

Obama’s message on grace, healing

Friday, President Barack Obama gave the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. Pinckney was murdered in his church during a prayer meeting along with eight others who were attending prayer service on June ...

Neutralizing the right wing agenda

There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The lesson is that the ...

One Nation, one flag: Healing our country

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved I do not expect the house to fall but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing ...

Race, flags and the Second Amendment

The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner-city gun violence always showed the connection. In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control. Nothing says ...

As times continue to change, has the lost cause finally lost?

Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it, recently finally been irredeemably shredded?

Executing a collective economic and political strategy

"Now there are some ‘practical’ things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here."